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2012/12/05

In Japan, quite a lot of native English teachers work at private schools full time. But sometimes when a teacher feels that he can't quite make ends meet, he might try to take on a part-time teaching job after school. Depending on the contract you signed with your school, that might not be a problem, but keep in mind that some schools might not allow extra work on the side. If you are thinking about working part-time, make sure that it doesn't violate the terms of your contract.

Most full-time native English teachers at these private schools are not technically considered "full-time" even if they have full-time hours, Monday to Friday, 8 hours a day! This is because of the peculiarities of the employment system within private schools. Most "full-time" teachers are actually the homeroom teachers. There may be a few "semi full-time" teachers without homeroom classes, but often times there are a lot of teachers on staff who work part-time, teaching anywhere between 5-20 classes a week. This is an important distinction, because in many cases only the teachers who take care of homeroom classes are prohibited from having a part-time job on the side. Teaching a homeroom class comes with a lot of responsibility and demands later hours, so it seems natural that those teachers would not have time for a part-time job on the side even if they wanted one.

If your school allows you to work part-time, and that's something that you are seriously considering, we'll offer you one more piece of valuable advice: Never let your part-time work interfere with your teaching responsibilities at school - Which is a nice way of saying never bite off more than you can chew, and certainly don't allow your part-time job to encroach on your full-time position's schedule. And don't work so hard outside of the classroom that you are too exhausted to teach your school classes properly and with lots of energy. If your supervisor knows you are working part time and sees that your performance is dropping, they won't be pleased. You should always strive to improve the quality of your lessons, anyway. Please think carefully before making big decisions that might affect you at work! These are just a few things to think about as a native English teacher looking for a little more work. Good luck managing your time responsibly as a teacher. After all, you are supposed to be setting a great example!

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